Category: Writing Process

Writing Process

When it comes to fiction writing, which is better?  First person or third person narratives?  While for some it might be a matter of personal preference, or genre, there are clear pros and cons to each.  Let’s take a look, and then I’ll tell you why I write in a specific narrative. Pros and Cons…

How many genres do I write.  Three.  I am a multi-genre author.  That wasn’t always the plan.   When I was a child beginning my writing journey, I dreamed of becoming a famous novelist.   This is still the plan, but it’s taken a much more circuitous than I ever anticipated. I achieved a degree in English…

Have I ever scrapped a work in progress?  The answer is “yes.”  When I was a teen and young adult, I wrote dozens of novels I never published.  However, if you’re referring to works in progress since I started my professional career, then the answer is one. In 2020, I made it to the beginning…

The amount of research I conduct for my novels varies considerably, but as an author of historical fiction, research is vital.  As the History Quill puts it, “One of the trickiest aspects of writing historical fiction is doing all the research required to create an immersive, authentic historical world.” Luckily, I love history, and I…

How did I get the idea for my latest work in progress?  Well, it depends on which one you’re referring to.   I have several. In 2022, I will launch three historical fiction novellas, Journey of Hope, Rose’s Assignment and The Unmarriable Kind.  All three were inspired by the WWI trilogy.  Below are the author notes…

Without characters you don’t have a story.  So how do authors develop them?  There are many different methods.  For this blog, I’m sharing some tips from writing experts. Novel Writing Help cautions against creating characters that are “dislikeable or, worse, deadly dull.”  To prevent this, the website recommends: Characters don’t need to be beautiful, eloquent…

Are my characters based on real people?  The quick answer to this is “no.”  However, it’s a bit more complicated than that.  While none of my characters are based directly on someone, several are named after real people and several are representative of people who existed. In addition, all my characters feel real to me,…

Are you a writer having problems organizing story ideas?  If so, you’re not alone.  As Writer’s Digest puts it, “The desire to write The Great American Novel is like an overactive beast that needs obedience school.”  Thankfully, there are many strategies you can put into action.  In this post, I’ll share tips from writing experts…

Is it possible for an author to have a love-hate relationship with her fictional characters? Merriam-Webster defines a love-hate relationship as “strong feelings of both love and hatred for someone.” The website Love Bondings takes that a step further, stating that the strong feelings can occur in any time of relationship – romantic, familial or…

Establishing a writing routine can be a challenge for many newer writers.  There’s plenty of advice out there on how to establish a routine, so I decided to compile a list of the strategies that worked for me. Make Writing a Priority:  If being published is your goal, then you must make writing a priority. …

Writers often are asked, “What is your strength?  Narrative or dialogue?”  That’s an easy question for me to answer.  My writing strength is dialogue. My characters’ dialogue rarely changes between the rough draft and the published version. My narrative passages, on the other hand, will go through five or more drafts.  I blame my journalism…

Angel of Mercy is the first novel I published, but it is not the first novel I wrote.  In the last blog, I introduced you to my early, unpublished work.  Most of it was written while I was in high school, although a few stories were written either earlier or later. The oldest work is…